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Folsom sends 12 wrestlers to Masters Tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Three Folsom wrestlers won Division I section championships and the Bulldogs will send 12 wrestlers to the Masters Tournament on Thursday and Friday in Stockton. Connor Pollock, Nick Fiegener and Isaias Diaz won divisional titles on Saturday, while Tony Hernandez, Alex Wood and Jordan Alleva placed second. Devon Nooner and Alex Hurlimann finished third, while Carlos Alvarez took fourth. Mason Koshiyama finished fifth and Tyler Hoffman and Trever Lewis ended up seventh. Folsom’s other qualifier, Lorenzo De La Riva, failed to make weight and did not compete in the tournament. Ryan Jensen was an alternate at 170 pounds and also did not compete. As the team, Folsom finished third behind Vacaville and Elk Grove. “Our goal was to have all of our wrestlers make it to masters and have a shot at qualify for the state and we were able to do that,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “It’s unfortunate about Ryan and Lorenzo because I think Ryan had a good chance to earn his third straight trip to masters and I think Lorenzo would have had a good shot at being in the divisional finals. These two had great seasons and it was disappointing to see their seasons cut short.” All three of Folsom’s champions won their respective weight brackets convincingly. Pollock, 37-3 on the season, had an easy time at 126 pounds on the way to second divisional title in three years. Pollock won by two major decisions before beating Ponderosa’s Sean Melton 7-2 in the finals. Pollock is ranked No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section and fourth in the state. At 145 pounds, Fiegener pinned his first two opponents before earning a 15-0 technical fall win over Elk Grove’s Braden Henderson. For Diaz at 152 pounds, he won his third divisional title, becoming only the second wrestler at Folsom High to do so. Like Fiegener, Diaz pinned his first two opponents before dominating Elk Grove’s Joey Lopez 17-5 to win the title. At 132 pounds, Hernandez pinned his first two opponents before losing to Elk Grove’s Martin Ramirez in the finals, 8-1. Ramirez is a two-time state placer. Wood won a couple of close matches at 195 pounds to reach the finals, starting with a 5-4 win over Will C. Wood’s RJ Hellmann, the third-ranked wrestler in the section. After a 4-3 win over Elk Grove’s Ryan Ludwig, Wood lost in the finals, 5-2, to Vacaville’s Jeramy Sweany, who’s ranked second in the section. At heavyweight Alleva picked up a 5-1 win and a pin before losing to Vacaville’s Johnny Schupp 3-0 in the finals, who is ranked first in the section and second in the state. “The heavyweight and 195-pound divisions were two of the toughest classes in the tournament so both of our guys reaching the finals were a real positive, as they had to battle through the bracket just to get there,” Collier said. “Jordan showed he is right there with the top guys in the state.” Nooner won his first match by pin at 160 before losing in the semis. He won his first match in the consolation bracket by forfeit before pinning Franklin’s DJ Harper to take third. At 182, Hurlimann won his first match 4-2 but then lost to the eventual champ, Vacaville’s Chris Lai, 6-3, and fell to the consolation bracket. There he won four straight matches to finish third, including back-to-back major decisions in the consolation semis and finals. “Alex showed a lot of heart coming back through the consolations,” Collier said. “In the match for third, he beat Oak Ridge’s Zach Claiborne convincingly, 14-2, after getting caught and pinned by him last week.” Carlos Alvarez placed fourth at 106. After being pinned by eventual champ Gionn Peralta of Vacaville, Alvarez rebounded to pin Terrance Saeturn of Armijo in overtime to reach the consolation finals where he lost. Mason Koshiyama took fifth at 138 pounds. “Mason had a disappointing day as he lost to two opponents he had previously beaten,” Collier said. “The good news is he gets a chance to start all over again next week and he’s the type of wrestler that can surprise a lot of his opponents.” Hoffman (113) and Lewis (220) also qualified for masters by placing seventh. “Tyler was one match away from qualifying last year as a freshman, so it was great to see him break through and get in this year,” Collier said. “Trever has come a long way from the beginning of the year and capped off his day with a pin to place seventh.” The top-seven finishers in each weight class at Thursday and Friday’s Masters Tournament advance to the state tournament. “The state tournament is the ultimate in high school wrestling, and now we have 12 kids who have given themselves an opportunity to get there,” Collier said. “Our program is about consistently sending wrestlers to the state tournament, and our team has been able to do that for the last eight years. Our team record is six state qualifiers in 2008, so that is one we would love to break with this year’s team. This is what the kids have been training for, so we are excited about the team and individual possibilities in the next two weeks.”